1,290 on incapacity benefits told they are able to work
HUNDREDS of people in Derby on incapacity benefits have been found capable of some form of work following a reassessment.
Since 2010, a total of 2,740 city people on the benefits have so far been reassessed by the Department for Work and Pensions.
It found 1,290 were capable of some form of work, which is 47%.
The department said they would now get long-term help from Jobcentre Plus and the Work Programme to find a job.
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The remainder are eligible for Employment and Support Allowance, with 24% put in a support group as they are too ill or disabled to work.
A further 29% have been put in a work-related activity group, meaning they are now too ill or disabled to work and entitled to benefits – but will be expected to take steps towards an eventual return to work when they are able.
The department is now more than halfway through the reassessment of 1.5 million incapacity benefits claimants through the Work Capability Assessment.
Mark Hoban, Minister for Employment, said: "Now we are over halfway through the process, it is clear the old system condemned tens of thousands of people to a life on benefits with little help to move back to work."